James Lewis "J.L." McCowan Sr.
Jan 21, 2014
James Lewis \"J.L.\" McCowan Sr.
Jan. 21, 2014
James Lewis \"J.L.\" McCowan Sr., born Aug. 21, 1930, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at the age of 83.
He was a faithful member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church and served as the treasurer on the Trustee Board for many years. He was employed by Bowater Southern for 34 years as a drum barker operator. J.L. was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Jay was a warm, generous, kind and extremely funny person. His daily prayer was to have God use him to help somebody. With a humble and sacrificial spirit, he lived a Godly life.
J.L. enjoyed working on cars, gardening and was an all-around hard worker with a genuinely giving spirit; never asking for anything in return.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, Juanita Latham McCowan; parents, Timothy and Arlice Moore McCowan; stepmother, Clemmie Hurst McCowan; and siblings, William Houston, Frank Edward, Timothy Clemmie, Hubert Ray, Charlotte Josephine, Willie Frances, Clara Mae, Julia Ann, and Eula Mae.
Precious memories of J.L. will be cherished by his family of three sons, Marvin (Marie) Smith of Nashville, James (Annette) McCowan, and Ricky (Elaine) McCowan of Niota; 10 grandchildren, Anastasia McCowan, Christopher McCowan, Ciara McCowan, DeShane Oggs, Jason (Stacia) Smith, Jordan McCowan, Latasia Woods, Tammie (Jeffery) Turner, Tiffany Smith, and Tracy Smith; two \"adopted\" grandchildren, neighbor Trent Thompson and Brittney King of Memphis; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Mattie) McCowan, and Chester (Cynthia) McCowan of Athens; five sisters, Helen Ruth Rucker, Edna Mae (Billy) Simpson of Athens, Anna Shields of Niota, Pauline (Jackie) Mayotte, and Earnest Dean (Melvin) Oggs of Sweetwater; brothers-in-law, Otis (Carolyn) Latham and Richard Latham of Sweetwater, Chester Smith and Jimmy Simpson of Athens, and Bobby Wells of Niota; and sisters-in-law, Geneva Garrard of Harris, Pa., Pauline Hammonds of Chicago, Ill., Julia McCowan and Patricia Latham of Sweetwater. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and beloved friends.
The family will receive friends on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with the funeral immediately following at 2:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Niota with pastor, the Rev. Donnie Hickman, officiating and the Rev. Wayne Williams delivering the eulogy.
Interment will follow in Sweetwater Memory Gardens.
Words of comfort may be submitted at www.mddotsonandsons.com
Services of loving memory entrusted to M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home of Athens.